What state (of mind) are you in?
What state (of mind) are you in?
Greetings, Ninja!

We love a good "fake it ‘til you make it" success story. But when it comes to your emotional and mental health, honesty really is the best policy. Especially at work.

Research shows that slapping on a smile, despite feelings of worry, stress, and anxiety, can worsen your emotional state and have a negative impact on your career.

Conversely, taking stock of your true feelings, changing what you can, and proactively upgrading your subconscious (sounds kinda woo, but it’s actually quite practical) can facilitate stronger connections in the workplace — even if the workplace is now your couch.

Feel your feelings, Ninja. They’re telling you something you need to know.

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We pride ourselves in delivering a weekly newsletter spotlighting highly relevant career and personal development content we think is worth your time.

No doubt, relevant content must skew a bit differently as we face COVID-19 together. That said, we know constant coronavirus coverage (say that three times fast) can sometimes feel like too much.

So, each week, we’ll continue to share articles and themes — sometimes directly involving coronavirus, sometimes not — that can help you navigate work and life in both these uncertain times and beyond.

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Despite present circumstances, we still have plenty to celebrate.
Admin Week is all about global recognition of administrative excellence. And despite present circumstances, we still have plenty to celebrate.
  • 2020 OfficeNinjas All-Stars. Five extraordinary Ninjas and one showstopping Ninja Team will be honored with an OfficeNinjas All-Star Award. Read about their personal journeys and heartwarming nominations as we reveal one winner each day of Admin Week.
  • Admin Day Mega Flash Raffle. This Admin Day (April 22), prepare for a chance to win one of 20 indulgent prizes from our Ninja-supporting sponsors — and it’s completely free to enter.
  • OfficeNinjas Con and Admin Bash. On March 6, the San Francisco Department of Public Health recommended the cancellation of large community events in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, we made the crucial decision to postpone OfficeNinjas Con and Admin Bash in light of this important information.

Before CDC-recommended event cancelations, we visited Dallas and Austin, Texas, for two energetic Admingling events! Thanks to Dallas Ninja Haylee T. for this snapshot of the evening’s spread. (We look forward to resuming postponed Admingling events as soon as it’s safe and responsible to do so.)
AdminglingDFW dove into the Art of Influence.
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